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Leaf cutter ant (Atta sp) female worker carrying leaf to nest, with a smaller 'minor' ant riding. The minor's job is to protect her sister from parasitic flies. Costa Rica, December. Highly Commended,...  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Leaf cutter ant (Atta sp) female worker carrying leaf to nest, with a smaller 'minor' ant riding. The minor's job is to protect her sister from parasitic flies. Costa Rica, December. Highly Commended,...
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen from the flower of an apple tree, Germany  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen from the flower of an apple tree, Germany
Common carder bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum) nectaring on a Yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common carder bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum) nectaring on a Yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April
Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) queen about to land at her nest burrow in a garden lawn with loaded pollen sacs to provision grubs that will become future workers for her colony, Wiltshire,...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) queen about to land at her nest burrow in a garden lawn with loaded pollen sacs to provision grubs that will become future workers for her colony, Wiltshire,...
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April.
Parasitic wasp (Monosapyga clavicornis) hovering in front of garden bee hotel looking for hosts nests while being watched by the Bee (Chelostoma campanularum) Hertfordshire, England, UK, June  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Parasitic wasp (Monosapyga clavicornis) hovering in front of garden bee hotel looking for hosts nests while being watched by the Bee (Chelostoma campanularum) Hertfordshire, England, UK, June
European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) returning to nest with European honey bee (Apis mellifera) prey, digging for entrance, Suffolk, England, UK, July.  -  Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) returning to nest with European honey bee (Apis mellifera) prey, digging for entrance, Suffolk, England, UK, July.
Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) and nest on tree trunk. North Moluccas, Indonesia.T his is the only photo that is known to exist of this species (the world's largest bee) in the wild, in situ, a...  -  Clay Bolt
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Clay Bolt / Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) and nest on tree trunk. North Moluccas, Indonesia.T his is the only photo that is known to exist of this species (the world's largest bee) in the wild, in situ, a...
Blue-banded bee (Amegilla sp) males sleeping on stem. Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia.  -  Clay Bolt
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Clay Bolt / Blue-banded bee (Amegilla sp) males sleeping on stem. Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia.
Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves and pieces of yellow flowers along a branch, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves and pieces of yellow flowers along a branch, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.
Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves and pieces of yellow flowers along a branch, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves and pieces of yellow flowers along a branch, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.
Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves and pieces of yellow flowers along a branch, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves and pieces of yellow flowers along a branch, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.
Column of Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves over the rainforest floor to their nest, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Column of Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaves over the rainforest floor to their nest, Amazon rainforest, Orellana Province, Ecuador.
Slow motion clip of Army ants (Eciton rapax) on the rainforest floor, Orellana Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Slow motion clip of Army ants (Eciton rapax) on the rainforest floor, Orellana Province, Ecuador.
Slow motion clip of a Leaf cutter ant (Atta) carrying a leaf along a branch, Orellana Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Slow motion clip of a Leaf cutter ant (Atta) carrying a leaf along a branch, Orellana Province, Ecuador.
Slow motion clip of a Leaf cutter ant (Atta) carrying a leaf along a branch, Orellana Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Slow motion clip of a Leaf cutter ant (Atta) carrying a leaf along a branch, Orellana Province, Ecuador.
Slow motion clip of Leafcutter ants (Atta) carrying pieces of leaves back to their nest, Amazon rainforest, Napo Province, Ecuador.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Slow motion clip of Leafcutter ants (Atta) carrying pieces of leaves back to their nest, Amazon rainforest, Napo Province, Ecuador.
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) forages on pollen in Apple (Malus domestica) flower, collecting pollen in pollen basket. In garden, Surrey, England, UK. May.  -  Heather Angel
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Heather Angel / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) forages on pollen in Apple (Malus domestica) flower, collecting pollen in pollen basket. In garden, Surrey, England, UK. May.
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on bread and jam. Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. March.  -  Chris Mattison
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Chris Mattison / Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on bread and jam. Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. March.
Large rose sawfly (Arge pagana) larvae feeding on ornamental rose leaves in summer, Berkshire, September  -  Nigel Cattlin
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Nigel Cattlin / Large rose sawfly (Arge pagana) larvae feeding on ornamental rose leaves in summer, Berkshire, September
Column of Leaf cutter ants (Atta) carrying cut pieces of leaves along the forest floor towards therr nest, Orellana Province, Ecuador, 2018. (non-ex)  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Column of Leaf cutter ants (Atta) carrying cut pieces of leaves along the forest floor towards therr nest, Orellana Province, Ecuador, 2018. (non-ex)
Yellow legged mining bee (Andrena flavipes) female at nest burrow, River Monnow, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, April.  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Yellow legged mining bee (Andrena flavipes) female at nest burrow, River Monnow, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, April.
Smeathmans furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Allium flower. Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, May.  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Smeathmans furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Allium flower. Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, May.
Painted nomad bee (Nomada fucata) male bee with characteristic green eyes, sleeping with jaws locked around grass stem, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Painted nomad bee (Nomada fucata) male bee with characteristic green eyes, sleeping with jaws locked around grass stem, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June
Smeathman's furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Wallflower (Erysimum sp.) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April.  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Smeathman's furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Wallflower (Erysimum sp.) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April.
Grey patched mining bee (Andrena nitida),male feeding rambling rose flower (Rosa sp) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Grey patched mining bee (Andrena nitida),male feeding rambling rose flower (Rosa sp) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April
Grey-patched Mining Bee (Andrena nitida) feeding on Dandelion (Taraxacum offinicale) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Grey-patched Mining Bee (Andrena nitida) feeding on Dandelion (Taraxacum offinicale) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April
Larvae of Birch sawfly (Craesus septentrionalis) in alarm position, Upper Bavaria, Germany. October.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Larvae of Birch sawfly (Craesus septentrionalis) in alarm position, Upper Bavaria, Germany. October.
Red mason bees (Osmia bicornis) entering and leaving nest hole drilled into a log within an insect hotel, Gloucestershire, England, UK, April.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Red mason bees (Osmia bicornis) entering and leaving nest hole drilled into a log within an insect hotel, Gloucestershire, England, UK, April.
Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) mating ball, showing a mass of males clustered around a female recently emerged from her burrow, Wiltshire, England, UK, September.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) mating ball, showing a mass of males clustered around a female recently emerged from her burrow, Wiltshire, England, UK, September.
Pantaloon bee (Dasypoda hurtles) entering burrow with pollen, Bedfordshire, England, UK, August.  -  Brian Bevan
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Brian Bevan / Pantaloon bee (Dasypoda hurtles) entering burrow with pollen, Bedfordshire, England, UK, August.
Entomologist and bee expert Eli Wyman with the first rediscovered individual of Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) Mollucas, Indonesia. January 2019. Model released.  -  Clay Bolt
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Clay Bolt / Entomologist and bee expert Eli Wyman with the first rediscovered individual of Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) Mollucas, Indonesia. January 2019. Model released.
Entomologist examining a large female Megachile bee during the hunt to rediscover Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) on the island of Ternate, North Moluccas, Indonesia. January 2019  -  Clay Bolt
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Clay Bolt / Entomologist examining a large female Megachile bee during the hunt to rediscover Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) on the island of Ternate, North Moluccas, Indonesia. January 2019
Composite image of Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera). This is the world's largest bee, which is approximately 4 times larger than a European honey bee. One...  -  Clay Bolt
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Clay Bolt / Composite image of Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera). This is the world's largest bee, which is approximately 4 times larger than a European honey bee. One...
Honeybee (Apis melifera) flying around and nectaring from Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) flowers, Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany, April.  -  Kerstin  Hinze
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Kerstin Hinze / Honeybee (Apis melifera) flying around and nectaring from Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) flowers, Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany, April.
Honey bee (Apis mellifera), two frozen on pond ice after flying out too early. Valgamaa, Southern Estonia. March.  -  Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Honey bee (Apis mellifera), two frozen on pond ice after flying out too early. Valgamaa, Southern Estonia. March.
Leafcutter / Rose-cutter bee (Megachile willughbiella) lands at its nest in a Bamboo tube in an insect hotel near several nests she has completed and some Potter wasp (Ancistrocerus sp.) nests, Wiltsh...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Leafcutter / Rose-cutter bee (Megachile willughbiella) lands at its nest in a Bamboo tube in an insect hotel near several nests she has completed and some Potter wasp (Ancistrocerus sp.) nests, Wiltsh...
Hornet (Vespa crabro) drinking at bird bath. Dorset, UK, July.  -  Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Hornet (Vespa crabro) drinking at bird bath. Dorset, UK, July.
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on jam inside a jar, Belgium, August.  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on jam inside a jar, Belgium, August.
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on jam inside a jar, Belgium, August.  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on jam inside a jar, Belgium, August.
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) adding material to nest, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, July.  -  Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) adding material to nest, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, July.
Female Pantaloon bee (Dasypoda hirpites) returning to burrow, Bedfordshire, England, UK, July.  -  Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Female Pantaloon bee (Dasypoda hirpites) returning to burrow, Bedfordshire, England, UK, July.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) swarming on a fence, Southern California, USA, December.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) swarming on a fence, Southern California, USA, December.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) gathering at the entrance of their nest in a hollow log, with some returning workers carrying pollen baskets, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA, October.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) gathering at the entrance of their nest in a hollow log, with some returning workers carrying pollen baskets, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA, October.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) gathering at the entrance to their nest in a hollowed log, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA, September.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) gathering at the entrance to their nest in a hollowed log, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA, September.
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) gathering pollen from a Sea fig (Carpobrotus chilensis), Southern California, USA, April.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) gathering pollen from a Sea fig (Carpobrotus chilensis), Southern California, USA, April.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) swarming on an old gas tank and establishing a new nest site within, with some individuals beating their wings to create air circulation, Southern California, USA, February...  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) swarming on an old gas tank and establishing a new nest site within, with some individuals beating their wings to create air circulation, Southern California, USA, February...
Slow motion clip of Wood ants (Formica rufa) on anthill, squirting formic acid to repel threat, Bavaria, Germany, April.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Slow motion clip of Wood ants (Formica rufa) on anthill, squirting formic acid to repel threat, Bavaria, Germany, April.
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